Category: Law and Immigration

LEGAL MINUTE: first news of the year about Brexit

MPs have given their final backing to the bill that will implement the UK government’s Brexit deal. The Commons voted 330 to 231 in favour of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill and it will now pass to the House of Lords for further scrutiny next week. From BBC.

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The European parliament will express its “grave concern” about the attitude of Boris Johnson’s government to the 3.3 million EU citizens living in the UK following threats of deportation made by a British minister. From The Guardian.

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Brexit timetable: here’s what happens next as the UK prepares to leave the EU by 31 January. From iNews.

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Australia has ruled out a post-Brexit trade deal involving visa-free travel and work arrangements with the UK. The country’s trade minister, Simon Birmingham, said he “can’t imagine full and unfettered free movement” would be on the table during negotiations. From The Guardian.

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A Conservative campaign for Big Ben to bong specially to “celebrate” the moment Brexit goes ahead on 31 January appears to have been dashed. From Independent.

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In the months since my visa denial, I have cycled through shame, anger, and despair. I lost a permanent job which would have seen me forge a career in academic skills consultancy, changing my career trajectory completely. From Huffington Post.

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EU teachers are likely to face fees of £4,345 to work in the UK for five years after Brexit in a move that will worsen an existing recruitment crisis, ministers have been warned. From Independent.

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New research estimates that more than 100,000 children are living in London without secure immigration status, despite more than half of them having been born in the UK. From The Guardian.

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LEGAL MINUTE: post-election news on Brexit and immigration

Brexit: MPs back Boris Johnson’s plan to leave EU on 31 January. From BBC.

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Boris Johnson will attempt to mark his election promise to “get Brexit done” by writing into law that the UK will leave the EU in 2020 and will not extend the transition period. From The Guardian.

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As an EU migrant, I’m worried I no longer have a role to play in Boris Johnson’s Brexit Britain. From Independent.

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Boris Johnson has plans to create a new immigration system, separate from the Home Office, but experts have warned it could mean the government’s hostile environment policies will be expanded. From Metro.

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Boris Johnson will attempt to write into law that the UK will leave the EU in 2020 to block further attempts to extend the transition period. A Downing Street source told The Guardian: “Our manifesto made clear that we will not extend the implementation period and the new withdrawal agreement bill will legally prohibit government agreeing to any extension.” From The Week.

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A slew of laws proposed by Boris Johnson’s new Tory government have been announced by the Queen in parliament. The prime minister’s list of proposed new laws was revealed after he led the Conservatives to their biggest general election victory since 1987. From Sky News.

LEGAL MINUTE: UK election week

A second Brexit referendum is quickly becoming the only option to break the deadlock if a strong majority is not won in the upcoming election, according a new report by University College London. From iNews.

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Meet some of voters who have switched allegiances ahead of the 12 December general election. From BBC.

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Both Labour and Tory migration plans ‘would worsen NHS staffing’. The claim came as it emerged almost one in four hospital staff were born abroad. From The Guardian.

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How European students will be affected by Brexit? Despite many universities efforts to inform and support each of their students, a sense of uncertainty surrounding the subject is all too familiar. From Pie News.

LEGAL MINUTE: elections, Brexit and immigration

The UK’s departure from the EU would in fact be the starting date for a huge negotiation. From The Guardian.

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All migrants deserve support – not just the ‘good’ ones – Furaha Asani. Because I’m an academic, my possible deportation has caused outrage. But there are thousands of others in my position. From The Guardian.

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‘A dizzying maze’: how the UK immigration system is geared to reject. From The Guardian.

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EU settled status for family members of dual nationals. A new enquiry about the rules on settled status for EU citizens and their families after Brexit. From Free Movement.

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More than 250 British entrepreneurs have signed an open letter urging the next government to roll out a string of reforms to help the UK’s startup sector. The appeal, dubbed the Startup Manifesto, called for a reform of the visa system so that startups can attract the best talent without the barrier of bureaucracy. From City AM.

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Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, Greens, the Brexit party and Plaid Cymru in the run-up to the 2019 UK general election. What are their policies on immigration? From The Guardian.

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US prefers no-deal Brexit according to documents obtained by Labour. From The Guardian.

LEGAL MINUTE: election campaign and immigration news

Migrants forced to wait months for UK visa despite paying £800 for priority. The Home Office has been accused of incompetence after handing the fast-track service to private firms. From The Guardian.

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How immigration became Britain’s most toxic political issue. Over 20 years, the debate about freedom of movement has become skewed by a hostile narrative. From The Guardian.

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Brexit will cost NHS additional £60m a year to recruit doctors and nurses from abroad, Liberal Democrats claim. From Independent.

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The Conservatives have set out plans for an “equal” immigration system after Brexit as Jeremy Corbyn said he still expected a “great deal” of movement of people from the EU to the UK. From BBC.

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Corbyn defends benefits of immigration. Jeremy Corbyn has said that there will be a “great deal” of freedom of movement after the UK leaves the EU, with Labour expected to set out its policy on the issue. From BBC.